Why you need to create your own business hours
Is Time Management in the same level for you as flying? (Because, you know, it’s unachievable) Or maybe you’ve planned to be productive but end up spending it scrolling through Twitter? Perhaps you’re always scrambling around to get a some semblance of routine in your life?
Friend, I know exactly how you feel. Which is why I know you definitely need to create your own business hours.
Obviously, most businesses have this. Business hours is that period in which the company do… well, business. But we can also see it like this: it’s when, and only when, people can go do business with a company. Or in this case, you. Here’s how creating your own business hours will help you.
The Benefits of Establishing Your Own Business Hours
1) You create boundaries
Specifically, time boundaries.
If you ever struggle with friends or bosses who respond to you at ungodly hour, this one’s for you. This is also helpful to those who work at home or are freelancers.
When you don’t have the gift of a set time like in a typical nine-to-five job, it could be so easy for your work hours and non-work hours to blur and mix together. And that isn’t productive or efficient.
Creating your own business hours could help with all of that.
Not only do you create time boundaries to the people around you, but you can also train yourself to stick to those same boundaries. I know there are people who have a hard time with that as I’m one of those people.
2) It gives you free time
Because you have set business hours, you can leave time in your day for personal stuff. Maybe you like to kick back and crochet to end your day. Or maybe you like to have time for a 10-minute workout sesh in the morning. Knowing when your work starts and ends means you can make room for other things in your life.
And most importantly, when you do scroll through Twitter, you could do it outside your business hours, on your free time – and not feel guilty about it! #Win.
3) Avoids overwhelm and burnout
Overwhelm and burnouts often happen because of overworking. Sometimes, people overwork simply because they don’t have that strong separation between when they should work and when they should take a break.
When you have your own business hours, you can establish a structured time in which you do your work.
And you should do your work strictly within those hours only.
Why do you think most factories have business hours? Because it isn’t ideal to run a machine endlessly and without breaks. If they did this, they would run their machine to the ground and break it. Like machines, you need to take a break.
4) Creating your own business hours can reduce stress
I think this is particularly helpful to fellow Obligers, and anyone who is a semi-organized potato like me.
Obliger is one of the four tendencies in Gretchen Rubin’s book, The Four Tendencies. (Gosh, I am in love with this book. Expect a book review and a more in-depth discussion on the tendencies in the near future!)
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Obligers are those who put a higher value on meeting other people’s expectations than they do on their own. Which makes Obligers reliable co-workers and peers. (Not to brag or anything, but this is accurate yo.) However, they also have trouble setting boundaries on other people’s demands, and this could be a huge source of stress for them – which is, again, accurate yo.
If you’re an Obliger like me, creating your own business hours can help you set limits on what people need from you and when you can work on those demands. No more getting up late at night to write that document someone wants.
On the other hand, this is also super helpful for both semi-organized and un-organized folks. There are times when you are aware of how you aren’t organized. And you mentally kick yourself for not being productive with your time.
Establishing your business hours, and sticking to it, may just be what you need. With a structured time like this, it’s like going back to school. You don’t have to think about what you need to do. The frequency of scrambling around is lessened because you already have your day planned out for you, just like when you were at school.
The big difference is this is more convenient because you don’t have to start at seven-in-the-freakin-morning. (Shaking my head at the school system.) Instead, you get to establish your work hours during your peak time.
In this day and age of hustle culture, time is a very important commodity. Learning to be more productive is everyone’s business nowadays. Maybe you can juggle everything in your to-do lists like a pro-juggler could. But maybe you’re like me and is often seen scrambling around for some semblance of order and routine.
Start by establishing when to work and when to take a break.
And look hey. This may not be boss-level time management, but it’s a start!
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Are you a professional time-juggler? Or are you a Twitter-scroller? Do you think established business hours will work for you or nah?
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Loved this Kate! I’m trying to establish my business hours. I find if you work in an industry that requires the more creative side of your brain, it won’t always ‘kick in’ just because you’ve decided that is when you should be working. I’m least on it in the mornings so I start work a bit later, then stop to be with the kids and then start again for a while once everyone is in bed. This way wouldn’t be ideal (or possible) for everyone, but it means that I’m working when I’m at my most productive x
Yes, exactly! We can’t just rely on our creative brain “kicking in”. And yes, that would definitely not work for me haha! But I’m glad it works for you!
This post will be a good guide for those who work from home. The comfort of home sometimes causes a lax in attitude towards your business. It happens to most bloggers, me included, and yes running your enterprise is very overwhelming and therefore it becomes more necessary to have a specific business hour. Thanks for sharing this!
I’m not working from home but I totally get this! Those two months after graduating, I had an unstructured daily life and was super unproductive! Thanks for sharing your insight, Suktara!
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